BookBrowse Reviews First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

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First Person Singular

by Haruki Murakami

First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami X
First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami
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    Apr 2021, 256 pages

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Haruki Murakami presents eight tales connected by a sensation of yearning.

Readers familiar with Haruki Murakami will know that music is often a central theme in his work. The author once owned a jazz club, and his website even offers a collection of playlists featuring songs mentioned in his books. This theme is on full display in First Person Singular, as is Murakami's penchant for hints of surrealism. In the humorous and bizarre "Charlie Parker Plays Bossa Nova," for instance, the narrator recalls writing a review for his college newspaper of an album by the titular jazz musician that he had invented whole cloth as a joke. Years later he somehow finds this album in a record store, with the exact tracklist he fabricated. He returns the following day to buy it, and of course it's no longer there and the clerk has never heard of it. Was it a hallucination? Did he somehow summon the record into being? It's a classic, clever Murakami mindbender.

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